Re: INFO: rcu_sched detected stalls on CPUs/tasks with `kswapd` and `mem_cgroup_shrink_node`

From: Michal Hocko
Date: Wed Nov 30 2016 - 12:06:11 EST

On Wed 30-11-16 17:38:20, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 06:29:55AM -0800, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > We can, and you are correct that cond_resched() does not unconditionally
> > supply RCU quiescent states, and never has. Last time I tried to add
> > cond_resched_rcu_qs() semantics to cond_resched(), I got told "no",
> > but perhaps it is time to try again.
> Well, you got told: "ARRGH my benchmark goes all regress", or something
> along those lines. Didn't we recently dig out those commits for some
> reason or other?
> Finding out what benchmark that was and running it against this patch
> would make sense.
> Also, I seem to have missed, why are we going through this again?

Well, the point I've brought that up is because having basically two
APIs for cond_resched is more than confusing. Basically all longer in
kernel loops do cond_resched() but it seems that this will not help the
silence RCU lockup detector in rare cases where nothing really wants to
schedule. I am really not sure whether we want to sprinkle
cond_resched_rcu_qs at random places just to silence RCU detector...

Michal Hocko